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Mahaffey Joins WAWZ NYC

Pillar Media, parent organization for WAWZ/NYC-NJ (Star 99.1), WAKW/Cincinnati (Star 93.3), and KPOF/Denver announce the addition of Skip Mahaffey to the team and the promotion of Midday Host, Kristen James. Mahaffey joins as the new Director of Programming Operations, a position vacated in late summer by Jeff Evans.

He comes to Pillar Media with 40 years of experience in Broadcasting, most recently serving as K-LOVE Morning Show Co-Host for 7 years. In Sep 2016 Skip joined Amy Baumann and Mike Kanklefritz (now at Family Life Radio) on the KLOVE morning show. He replaced Craig West who left KLOVE to relocate to Tulsa for full-time missionary work with his wife. Previously to EMF Mahaffey was last on the air at mainstream Country KPLX/Dallas (99.5 The Wolf). He also served in markets such as Phoenix, Tampa, and many others as an award-winning radio personality with experience in Music Programming and Operations Management.

Skip says, “Anyone who knows me knows I’m a massive Bengals and Buckeyes fan. Toss in Major League Baseball and I’m one happy camper. Seriously, this was an opportunity I could not pass up. New challenges, new role, new kinds of chaos (in a good way). Art Garza and Dick Whitworth’s passion for Jesus and radio are infectious and you can feel it throughout the ministry. I can’t wait to do what I can to help bring Jesus to the world through Pillar Media. I’m thrilled to be working for Matt Stockman again and for the first time ever, I’ll be working with my friend Chad Mitchell. I’m excited to meet the rest of this talented, dedicated team. God’s got some big stuff in store…stay tuned (always thought that was a lame statement but it works here )

Pillar Media Brand Director Matt Stockman says, “Growing our team with the experience and talent of someone like Skip Mahaffey is more than just the right next step for Pillar Media. Skip’s winning mindset and passion for reaching others with the Good News will fit perfectly into the Pillar Media programming strategy, and I am so excited to have him on our team!”

In addition to adding Mahaffey, Kristen James is promoted to Music Director. She will continue her Midday on-air duties. James has been with Pillar Media since 2012 serving in various roles, including Promotions, Production, and On-Air.

About her new role, James says, “It has been such a joy to watch Pillar Media grow over the years and I’m so thankful that I’ve been able to be a part of it! I’m so excited to see how God will use me in this new position. STAR’s music has been the soundtrack through all my highs and lows. What a privilege it is to share the power of it with our listeners!”

About James’s promotion, Stockman says, “Kristen has been a tremendous asset to our team and has quickly become a dynamic personality on both STAR 99.1 and STAR 93.3. Promoting her to the role of Music Director is just the first step – I believe that she will be an integral part of the future leadership of Pillar Media.”

Mahaffey will be based at the Cincinnati location for Pillar Media beginning October 16 and James remains at the New Jersey location.

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